A new chief minister of Punjab will be decided after the state polls, the Congress said today, in an attempt to prevent the Navjot Singh Sidhu vs Charanjit Singh Channi tussle until at least the beginning of next year.
Congress’ Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat also told NB today that Navjot Sidhu “is the Punjab Congress chief”, stopped talking about the cricketer-turned-politician’s resignation just four months before the party sought re-election last month. . in the assembly elections.
Responding to reports of tension between Sidhu and the person who will make his long-time rival Amarinder Singh the chief minister, Rawat said, “The two will work together, win the election and then the Congress president will decide on the chief minister.”
Mr Sidhu is angry with Mr Channi’s choice of attorney general, police chief and ministers.
In latest display of discord, Mr Sidhu left Mr. Channi’s son’s marriage And posted on my visit to Vaishno Devi on Sunday. He also tweeted advising his party government to “prevent and prepare rather than repent and repair” the coal crisis.
Mr Rawat dismissed any controversy and blamed the reports on “additional media interest in Sidhu”.
“He was governed by emotions. He has not done anything wrong which should cause embarrassment to the party,” Rawat said.
He insisted that any dispute over the appointments would be resolved by the Chief Minister and the Punjab Congress chief. “They will work together on the issues of the Attorney General and the Director General of Police. There is only one small issue which has been resolved,” he said.
On reports that Sidhu is yet to withdraw his resignation, Rawat said, “He is working as Congress president…we don’t know about his resignation?”
Mr Rawat’s remarks come after another set of comments by Mr Sidhu, which is extremely embarrassing for the Congress.
Sidhu was heard criticizing his party for protesting the killing of farmers by a Union minister’s convoy at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh. Taking a jibe at Channi, he said, “If Bhagwant Sidhu’s son (referring to himself) was allowed to lead, you would have seen… Congress is in a dying state…”